Guide to the Esther Rosenthal Zellweger papers, 1960-1963, n.d. | MC067

Summary Information

Repository
Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library
Creator
Mechler, Esther
Title
Esther Rosenthal Zellweger papers
ID
MC067
Date
1960-1963, undated
Extent
1.0 Linear feet 1 oversize box
General Physical Description note
1 linear feet; 1 oversize box
Language
English
Abstract
The collection contains memorabilia, travel literature, correspondence, photographs, and other material related to Bates College student Esther Rosenthal Zellweger's 1962-1963 junior year abroad in Geneva, Switzerland. Also includes a scrapbook kept during her freshmen and sophomore years at Bates.

Preferred Citation

Esther Rosenthal Zellweger papers, Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College.

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Historical Note

Esther Rosenthal Zellweger, known professionally as Esther Mechler, attended Bates College, where she spent her junior year abroad in Geneva studying with psychologist Jean Piaget. At the time, it was unusual for Bates students to travel overseas to study abroad. She received her B.A. degree in 1964 and her Master's and Sixth Year degrees in education from The University of Rochester. She began her career in education, but has been involved with the animal rights/animal welfare movement since the 1970s. Zellweger has been particularly active in the prevention of pet overpopulation. In 1990, she founded SPAY/USA, a national referral service for low-cost spaying/neutering. As of 2005, it is considered to be the largest spay/neuter advocacy and referral program in the world.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains memorabilia, travel literature, correspondence, photographs, and other material related to Esther Rosenthal Zellweger's 1962-1963 junior year abroad in Geneva, Switzerland. Zellweger, a member of the Bates class of 1964, studied abroad at a time when it was still unusual to do so. She collected numerous travel brochures, tickets, maps, postcards, and other keepsakes from throughout Europe, which are preserved in the collection. The collection also contians a scrapbook of photographs, clippings and assorted memorabilia kept by Rosenthal Zellweger during her freshmen and sophomore years at Bates.

Organization and Arrangement

Alphabetical by folder title.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library

70 Campus Avenue
Lewiston, Maine, 04240
207-786-6354
muskie@bates.edu

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

The collection is the physical property of Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library. Bates College holds literary rights only for material created by College personnel working on official behalf of the College, or for material which was given to the College with such rights specifically assigned. For all other material, literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for obtaining permission from rights holders for publication or other purposes that exceed fair use.

Acquisition and Custody Information

Gift of Esther Rosenthal Zellweger, 2005. Accession No.: 05-065; 2009-075.

Processing Information

Processed by Kat Stefko, 2008.

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Related Materials

Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Bates College (Lewiston, Me.)--Students

Geographic Name(s)

  • Switzerland--Description and travel

Personal Name(s)

  • Mechler, Esther--Archives

Subject(s)

  • American students--Foreign countries
  • Travel

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